“Should You Read When You are Writing?”

"Should you read when you are writing?" This is a common writer question. Will reading a book influence your writing and hence forth ruin it? Will you automatically start plagiarizing? WILL THE WORLD END AS WE KNOW IT??? I'm not here today to talk about principles, about the dangers of plagiarizing, or the effect outside … Continue reading “Should You Read When You are Writing?”

What a Writer Wants for Christmas

"On the twelfth day before Christmas my true love gave to me..." Twelves days till Christmas. Twelve days. The reindeer are stamping in their stables, choir boys are rushing to get to practice, and people are walking on the snowy streets window shopping and buying more tinsel. And while you're shopping about, don't forget the writers. … Continue reading What a Writer Wants for Christmas

Nanowrimo 2018 – A Dumpster Fire

OK...what even happened????(In other words, I did not win.)I originally was not going to do Nanowrimo this year, because the last three months of 2018 were going to be crazier than usual, and I wouldn't have time for it.But then October rolled around - that scent of Autumn and running around in windy weather and … Continue reading Nanowrimo 2018 – A Dumpster Fire

“Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

(I think the title of this post might get people feeling a little bitter. Just hold your horses, OK?) Once upon a time, I was filling out college applications. (It wasn't that long ago but it feels like it was back with the pterodactyls and velociraptors.) One of the most painful parts of this process was writing essays … Continue reading “Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

What I’m Thankful for About Being a Writer

It's almost thanksgiving! (As in it's tomorrow.). At least it is in my part of the world. In honor of this holiday of pies, turkeys, thankfulness, and American history, I decided to write a post about thankfulness because why not. (Basically this way I didn't have to think up anything clever for a blog post.) … Continue reading What I’m Thankful for About Being a Writer

Why You Should Write for Yourself.

A famous man once said, "You should write for yourself." Let's start this again... SO THERE'S THIS SAYING, that you should write for yourself.  Like, that sounds pretty selfish right? I mean, the world doesn't revolve around ourselves. So, why should our writing?? It shouldn't, obviously. But this isn't about the why you write, this … Continue reading Why You Should Write for Yourself.

Tips to Write Faster for Nanowrimo

NANOWRIMO IS UPON US!! *writers flee to their keyboards in panic* This is my third year doing Nanowrimo. Hopefully this year I will actually succeed. (November is one of the busiest months of the year for me. Couldn't this be done in January or something?? Read about last year's episode.) And while I may not … Continue reading Tips to Write Faster for Nanowrimo

Writerly Costumes Ideas for the Upcoming Festivities

If I had it my way, I would wear costumes all the time. OK, maybe not all the time, but I would wear a cloak to the grocery store if it was socially acceptable and people wouldn't trip their carts on it.  But this time of year - all the costumes!!!  So, I've compiled a … Continue reading Writerly Costumes Ideas for the Upcoming Festivities

Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

Way back when, when I was a small pixie sitting on a blue couch in the basement, my sister and I watched Pooh's Great Adventure: the Search for Christopher Robin. This memory was recalled when my sister and I recently sat down on a semi-blueish-butit'sactuallygray couch and watched it again for old time's sake. Nostalgia anyone? … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Story Disappoint

How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants

As a young buck (erm, young writer I mean), I thought outlining was just for scholars, essays, and all that red tape stuff.  Who knew outlining applied to novels as well. Since I discovered outlining was used for novels (and wasn't as boring and tedious as it is for essays), I have started outlining. Some things. … Continue reading How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants